Producing perhaps the most internationally celebrated wines in all of Burgundy – the central pearl in Burgundy’s necklace, as it was once said – it’s no surprise that Vosne-Romanée also has some of its most exceptional and diverse terroir. The limestone mixed with clay marl soils are so delectable it prompted the Abbey de Courtepée to write in 1784 that “there is no common wine for Vosne”. So true. The communal AOC Village wine produced in Vosne-Romanée is as full bodied, succulent and delectable as you would desire – the drinkable equivalent of an artist’s masterpiece.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
The largest Premier Cru climat within the Vosne-Romanee appellation, “Les Suchots” separates the vineyards Échezeaux and Romanee-Saint-Vivant, the latter formerly belonging to the Marey-Monge family in the 18th century. Located along the northern border of the Vosne-Romanee commune, at the base of the Cote d’Or escarpment, “Les Suchots” enjoys Richebourg as a neighbor (a Grand Cru terroir similiar to our very own Simone), and with its magnificent marly soils it may not be long until “Les Suchots” gets a shot at its own Grand Cru title. But for now, just sit back and enjoy the fiery ruby-red-faced complexion of this fine wine that ignites the passions of many. Ripe fruit and spices are the magic aromas on display, with bilberry, strawberry and raspberry on backing vocals. Over time and age, leather, fur, preserved fruits and brandied-cherries speak up. At its pinnacle, velvety and distinguished tannins will blossom on the palate. It goes without saying, this “Les Suchots” requires time on its back, laying down. After ten years, that is when you’ll learn its true value.
This year’s vintage captured the memory of 2014’s unusual, and unpredictable, weather. An unusually mild winter – the Asian fruit fly had made its unwelcome introduction – something we would all wish to forget. At the beginning of the season there was much promise. The three months of Spring were warm and dry, culminating in an early bud break and bloom at the start of June. However, by the end of the month, cooler and wetter weather reigned supreme. On June 28th, a hailstorm – similar to the devastation that struck in 2012 and 2013 – damaged several villages across the Côte de Beaune, including Pommard. Third year in a row. Summer was defined by wetter-than-average weather and cool temperatures. A few hot days in July helped the vines recover their ground, but worsening conditions took control again during the first two weeks of August. By mid-August the weather improved, with mostly dry and sunny conditions aiding the grapes to a steady and juicy maturation. In September, the sun remained a constant element and a northerly wind bolstered ideal conditions; the grapes reached optimal maturity come mid-September with most appellations hand-picked under sunny skies.
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